Three students on the Bachelor of Education in Languages programme at University of Limerick have been awarded a prestigious scholarship funded by the Embassy of France in Ireland.
The scholarships will allow the students to engage in a four-week immersive teaching and learning programme with CAVILAM - Alliance Française in Vichy (France) in conjunction with the University of Clermont-Auvergne.
The scholarships, valued at over €2,000 each, mark the culmination of a unique and pioneering collaboration between UL and the Embassy of France in Ireland to support future French language teachers in the development of their professional competencies.
The three successful 2nd year student recipients; Ms. Megan Ní Laighin, Ms. Rachel O’ Dwyer and Ms. Maria Scanlan, will travel to Vichy, France this June to participate in a diverse range of interactive teaching and learning activities focusing on the development of pre-service teachers' language and pedagogical skills.
The award ceremony was held in Plassey House UL this Wednesday and was attended by M. Benjamin Girodeau, Cooperation Attaché for French Language at the French Embassy in Ireland and M. Loïc Guyon, Honorary Consul of France in Limerick along with members of the School of Education and the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics.
Course Director for the Bachelor of Education in Languages programme, Dr Jennifer Hennessy, said: “We are delighted to launch this exciting scholarship programme funded by the Embassy of France in Ireland which gives national and international recognition for the Bachelor of Education in Languages programme at University of Limerick.”
Congratulating the awardees on their success was Dr Marie-Thérèse Batardière, Lecturer of French at the School of MLAL, said: “I would like to congratulate each of you on this significant achievement. This is a testament not only to your high level of proficiency in French but also your commitment to furthering your skills as language teachers.”